Labour and the politics of belonging
One Nation
in The Labour Party under Ed Miliband
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Ed Miliband’s One Nation narrative was used to address issues related to the politics of belonging - such as the growing popular opposition to immigration, the rise in salience of an English national identity as well as the ascendancy of UKIP as a party that could destabilise the party system - which Labour could not afford to ignore. This chapter examines Labour’s politics of belonging and starts by mapping the different normative and cognitive ideas as well as the debates that were taking place in the party at the policy level and which influenced Miliband’s thinking on the matter. Next it shows how Miliband’s narrative on the politics of belonging was transformed into policy proposals in three main strands: 1) immigration; 2) managing diversity; 3) and the English question. Along the way, the chapter also identifies the main political and institutional constraints Miliband confronted when developing his politics of belonging.

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